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SS_101813_BlackOnBlack_InAmsterdam_COVDo you ever wish Youtube was around when you were high-school? I do. If you’re like me and went to high school prior to 2005; we missed out on make up tutorials worth their price in gold shimmer. Online beauty buddies would have been especially helpful during those awkward teen years of makeup experimentation.

We all see looks in magazines, on friends, women crossing the street, or TV that we may wish we could emulate. Thanks to Youtube tutorials and beauty bloggers; there’s no reason to be ‘green with envy’ of any look. Here’s 5 of my favorite beauty gurus and budget friendly tips as we awaited our flight home from Amsterdam…


1. How to Look Your Thinnest in Pictures ~ Beauty blogger Maskcara just wrote a top-notch post including before and after pics how to take flattering pics whether it’s for fun or Facebook. One tip – Wear heels for full body pics. (Wearing black on black doesn’t hurt either)


2. Get the Hairstyles You See on TV ~ There’s a reason so many celebrities wear hair extensions. It can enhance any hair style you want as I mentioned last Friday. I’ve been wearing new hair extensions recently c/o 1001 Extensions. The quality is excellent (100% human hair) and this Swiss brand is surprisingly much less than US prices for hair extensions I bought in the past.


3. Get a Fashion Mag Subscription ~ Yes, it’s old school to get magazines delivered. But Glamour magazine and Lucky (2 of my faves) keep up with the latest styles and inspire me to re-mix my existing wardrobe. Bonus – They’re about $12 a year for an entire subscription!


4. Build a Great Foundation and Blend ~ One of my longtime favorite Youtube beauty bloggers is Kandee Johnson. She shares high-end & drugstore brands. Yes, she’s super bubbly, but here’s one of her updated videos ‘7 Steps to a Flawless Face Foundation.’


5. How to Trick Hot Trends ~ I’d been seeing sets of stacked rings everywhere, but spending $100+ was out of the question. I found mine at H&M and here’s some of my faves under $30. These stacked rings by Lucky, gold ones by Nasty Gal are perfect or this nautical stacking set by Express.


<DETAILS by Dale> top ~ H&M (my fave leather details tops here), boots & heels ~ Zara, rings ~H&M, 50 cm blond Hair Extensions c/0 ~ 1001 Extensions, watch c/o 88 Rue Du Rhone, nail polish ~ ‘Wined Up’ Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Do you have any Youtube or beauty bloggers you love? This post was inspired by the make-up artist who had people talking around the world with her before and after.

Have a great weekend. See you Monday!


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  1. I like this all black ensemble. And I love reading Glamour magazine–it and InStyle are my faves for fashion inspiration. When someone won a gift card to Savvy Sleepers at iFabbo, I was like, hey, that’s Dale’s company! 🙂


  2. yes I do wish theres youtube so I didn’t have to worry about getting fashion advice
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  3. hey dale! that black looks fierce against that green. love your boots and those heels girl. SO SHARP! i still get magazines. they’re super cheap and just when i think i’ve seen everything either through other bloggers or online something pops up in a magazine. we definitely shouldn’t disregard them. nothing like the basics. have a great weekend and stopping by my blog.

  4. I lvoe your tips, wearing black outfit and heels always makes you look good ! 🙂

  5. I love your shoes,it’s special and beautiful.

  6. Interesting and helpful as usual 🙂



  8. Thanks for a short trick and tips post. In fact, I don’t watch much Youtube and make up tutorials. I think I should start to do that. I’ve watched a few before but I can’t remember them.

  9. Fab tips!!! H&M is the best, isn’t it? I just bought the most adorable studded beanie there for less than $10. I can’t wait to sport it! xo T.

  10. Love the black riding boots in the last picture! Very cool outfit

  11. Love this outfit, so gorgeous!
    This is a really great post 🙂


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  12. Love this outfit!

  13. Nice to see a stylist create a fantastic outfit from everyday stores and not exclusive designers – wonderful post!


  14. Loving the black on black and those shoes are the bees knees.. Now where are you getting Lucky mag in Europe because I can’t find it here….:(

  15. I know it’s silly, since I’m 26, but I still love Seventeen and buy it occasionally. It’s just so fun to look at, and it always inspires me to try new things. I love the black-on-black look! 🙂

  16. I seriously believe that you can do no wrong with all black. It’s perfectly classic.

  17. I’m such a fan of these kind of tips post 🙂 Yes black on black is always good! I’m so short I have to wear heels all the time haha! 🙂

    Great post!

    AJ | TheAJMinute

  18. this is a great post,thanks for sharing those advices 🙂

  19. Great tips. Yes I was watching that make-up artist (from Russia wasn’t he?). His transformations are incredible (I could do with him to help me out actually 😉
    Have a lovely week Sweets xx

  20. Gorgeous look against the green. Love black. I love magazines, I would never want to have them vanish, they are still so enjoyable and you can taken them everywhere and it’s nice having them. I don’t think one place gives every source of inspiration, so we need the magazines too :)) Have a fab week doll xx

  21. Love that article by Maskcara. Love the black on black look too 🙂

  22. To be honest, as a teen I was more interested in playing piano and reading books, though I’d use youtube to watch/listen the classical music and operas. 🙂
    Love the outfit you are wearing – beautiful! x

  23. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles says:

    You look utterly fash in this mono-black ensemble!! Yes, YouTube has the best tutorials!


  24. I love the look of black and black. You look stunning. The shoes are perfect with the faux paneled tee…perfection!

  25. These are such fab tips! I don’t like to spend a ton of money on anything trendy either.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  26. Great post Dale! I so wish youtube were around when I was in high school! SEriously, my friends and I would have been so crazy over it. Thanks for sharing your faves with us and hope all is well!

    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

  27. cute outfit and I like how you paired it with the green background and the apple, very neat!

  28. Awesome blog! Adore your style<3
    Following u hun!


  29. Oh my gosh I know what you mean about not having this stuff in high school, I think about all the time! I was pretty clueless about makeup back then!

  30. such great tips, love. Fabulous as always. 🙂

  31. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog
    posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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